Oman 2017 | ENERGY | COLUMN

TBY talks to Rod MacGregor, President & CEO, GlassPoint Solar on the sector.

Rod MacGregor

Working on one of largest solar projects in the world, do you hope also to develop Oman into a center of excellence for solar technology?

We are well on our way to achieving that goal with our engineering team and through the new capabilities we are developing. It is not a transplant of skills; it is new knowledge being acquired in Oman that can only be acquired by doing a project like this. It is in the nature of the product; we build and learn, then we build the next one slightly better, faster, and cheaper. The oil and gas industry and alternative energy industry are starting to converge. They used to be two quite different markets. This is changing as alternative energy and solar materials matured to become more cost effective. It will not be alternative energy and oil and gas—it will just be energy. We are a clear example, using solar to produce oil.